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Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee looking to redeem himself in Game 5 of World Series

ARLINGTON, Texas — Rangers LHP Cliff Lee, most any time, is going to be tough. Tonight, the Giants will face a Lee determined to make up for his poor Game 1 performance and keep the Rangers season alive.

"In the regular season usually when you have a bad outing, your next outing is going to be against someone else," Lee said. "This time I get a chance to redeem myself against the team that actually put it to me pretty good last time.

"You know, I'm looking forward to it. I've been working hard and ready for — it's basically the last start of the season for me, and I want to do everything I can to help this team win the World Series."

Lee's analysis of what went wrong — he allowed seven runs (six earned) on eight hits and a walk and didn't last five innings — wasn't particularly deep.

"I know what it was: I was throwing balls over the heart of the plate," Lee said. "I wasn't working ahead in the count as well as I would like. I hit a guy on an 0-2 pitch, I walked a guy. Those are the things I don't need to do, especially in the World Series. But it happened. I mean, I made mistakes. Good hitters capitalize on that, and that's what they did. That's really it."

GIANT PROBLEM: The Giants feel good about starting ace RHP Tim Lincecum in Game 5 tonight, and they have RHP Matt Cain well-rested for a Game 6 on Wednesday. But if the Series goes to a Game 7, they might have a big problem.

LHP Jonathan Sanchez is lined up to pitch, but his back-to-back poor performances and a drop of 4 mph in his velocity have raised serious questions about how effective he could be, or even if he should be used.

If not, they don't have many options: Sunday rookie starter Madison Bumgarner on three days' rest, Lincecum on two days' rest, a reliever such as Jeremy Affeldt or Guillermo Mota, Barry Zito if they could get MLB approval to add him to the roster as an injury replacement for Sanchez, or another player.

Manager Bruce Bochy said they had not talked much yet about contingency plans.

BURRELL BENCHED: Pat Burrell's return to Rays form led to being dropped from the Giants lineup, as Bochy hoped a day off and extra work on regaining his timing would help. Burrell was 0-for-9 with eight strikeouts in the first three games of the Series and hitting just .158 (6-for-38) for the postseason with 19 strikeouts. "Everybody has their ups and downs, and Pat is such a good hitter, we just haven't seen this from him this year,'' Bochy said. "But it happens. He's just getting a day (off).'' Nate Schierholtz started in rightfield with Cody Ross moving to left Sunday; Bochy said Burrell will be back in the lineup tonight.

OGANDO OUT: Rangers reliever Alexi Ogando left in the sixth after straining his left oblique and is done for the Series. He will be replaced on the roster.

MISCELLANY: Rangers closer Neftali Perez on Saturday was the first rookie to save a postseason game since Rays LHP David Price in Game 7 of the 2008 ALCS. … Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Toronto's Jose Bautista were honored pregame as winners of the Hank Aaron Award given to the top offensive performer in each league.

Texas Rangers ace Cliff Lee looking to redeem himself in Game 5 of World Series 10/31/10 [Last modified: Monday, November 1, 2010 6:05am]
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